We learn hope early
or never,
disappointed in God
and life
or else knowing
all things
work together for good
for those who love Him.

We learn late
or never
that things
that must be grasped
with the hand
cannot be held
for long.

We learn love
in the cradle,
in the nursery,
in the schoolyard,
in the workplace,
in the neighborhood,
in the home:
everywhere or nowhere.

We learn to treat others
as we would be treated
rather than as we have,
we pattern ourselves
after those
we least respect.

We learn forgiveness
flows in every direction
or not at all.

We learn mercy and grace
do not always hold the same space
and both
are more abundant
the more they are sown.

We learn justice
is great
for others
and that hate
consumes the giver
more than the receiver.

Perhaps the reason
that God has claimed vengeance
for Himself
is that He
is the only one
great enough
to survive it.

H. Arnett

About Doc Arnett

Native of southwestern Kentucky currently living in Ark City, Kansas, with my wife of twenty-nine years, Randa. We have, between us, eight children and twenty-eight grandkids. We enjoy singing, worship, remodeling and travel.
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  1. great final thought

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